Indie 103.1 cancels Camp Freddy radio, changes time slot for Rollins' show
Every card-carrying member of the indie scene's favorite radio station is making a few changes this fall.
In order to tighten up its format and shore up ratings (or rather, just become rated) so it can attract national advertising, the indie rock station-of-record in Los Angeles, Indie 103.1, has moved several shows, and will ditch a few others.
Henry Rollins' weekly show is moving to Saturdays from 8 to 10 p.m., from its previous Tuesday night time slot. Brent Bolthouse and Danny Masterson's "Feel My Heat" is on "hiatus," according to a representative of the station, (and EW.com) as is the Crystal Method's Friday night dance music program, "Community Service."
"You have to look at the overall programming, and radio stations have to be consistent," Indie 103.1 programming director Max Tolkoff said Tuesday. "We have to be consistent from hour to hour. Part of Indie moving forward is to try and get that consistency from 6 a.m. to midnight, Monday to Friday... that's the idea."
Both Rollins' manager and Crystal Method's representative confirm the changes...
"The station was making tweaks to the schedule and rather than get locked into a new time period for a potentially short period of time," a Crystal Method representative said Tuesday, "the guys decided it probably would be best to take a break, given that they are on tour for the rest of the fall and will be heavily promoting their new album in 2009."
Also gone, according to Tolkoff, is Dave Navarro's "Camp Freddy Radio." (Attempts to reach Navarro's reps were unsuccessful but Camp Freddy member Billy Morrison wrote on his blog late last month that Freddy was "parting ways with the station"). Programs that remain include "Passport Approved" on Saturday mornings, Native Wayne's Sunday afternoon reggae show and, of course, Indie 103.1's most famous bit of programming, Steve Jones' beloved daily "Jonesy's Jukebox."
Tolkoff added that he is "not ruling out adding in other shows" in the future. However, for now, it looks like area fans of specialty programming at the Entravision Communications-owned station will have to make do with recurrent tunes from Indie staples such as the Killers and Arcade Fire during the week, at least.
"The thing about specialty shows is that they have to be put in the proper place," Tolkoff said, meaning mostly weekends. The proper place for shows such as "Camp Freddy?" Apparently, there is none.
UPDATE: Tolkoff writes late Tuesday that Navarro, at least, apparently will still have a home at 103.1. "Even though [Navarro's] Camp Freddy is no longer on the air, Dave Navarro is still with the station and will be hosting his own new show that will start up in a couple of weeks." More details as we get them in on the new show.
-- Charlie Amter
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